I just wanted to share my first vintage festival experience I had last weekend. “Harrogate Does Vintage” to be exact which was held at St. George’s Hotel organised by two lovely ladies Alex and Sam. They’re also the people behind the successful Britain Does Vintage that hold vintage fairs all throughout the UK, taking pride in bringing us a wonderful vintage experience.
After my driving lesson in the morning, I went straight to the event and decided to have a Me time for a change… Since hubby and my little one preferred to stay at home and most of my friends are either working or had a sleep in.
I’m one of those people who love and adore everything vintage. The passion started since when I was a young girl, where I would be looking for vintage finds in places like “ukay-ukay” (means digging) way back in the Philippines. It’s basically a shop that sells mountains of used and vintage items from clothing, bags and accessories that comes in bundles from all over the world. It’s just up to you to dig the best out of the rubble, they sell it for reasonable cheap prices plus you can ask for discounts on top of it as well depending on the item.
I had fun looking around the venue; I’m like a little girl in a sweet shop fascinated with all these unique and special vintage pieces. There were also some small business stalls, makers of vintage inspired items and products.
Such as a variety of unusual recycled, vintage and inspiring objects with a decoupage style applied, that are interesting and individual by Powlett Jones.
Yep, those are stamps- lots and lots of it.
These crafty creation of crochet designs from Frank and Olive.
And this vintage teacup ring that’s just so cute! She’s got other lovely and adorable accessories too, over on Penny Pot Lane.
There were also workshops for making vintage inspired jewellery.
Hair and Beauty stall, for anyone who fancied a vintage makeover.
This was one of the famous vintage inspired hairstyle of the day, and thanks to this gorgeous lady for letting me take the photo.
Tearoom of course…
Nothing beats a lovely cup of tea and sweet treats after a hard day of vintage shopping!
I’ve met some lovely people too including Violet and her daughter of Violet Does Vintage.
This was what I wore for the vintage festival; A preloved Topshop top bought from a charity shop, culottes and green wedge also Topshop bought from their final reduction sale, River Island clutch as seen on this outfit post, and vintage inspired earrings as seen here.
I also did some simple nail art and hairstyle that was just right for my whole look.
But then I thought, why not move it up a notch and just go all out vintage for the day, just for fun. So I decided to have my hair done and wore one of the dresses I bought from Dog and Bone Vintage, which he kindly sold with a discount.
I love the prints on this dress, and thankfully my wedges matched just fine.
So these are the things I ended up going home with. A vintage suitcase (me and hubby are collecting these for a project), a vintage inspired skirt from From Vintage to Vogue, a vintage Levis denim short bought from the lovely Miss Rosie, the dress I was wearing and that amazing vintage pair – a 1950’s coat and skirt bought from Violet Does Vintage stall.
I really had a lovely time at the vintage festival considering just going on my own, and it was just a pound to get in which wasn’t bad at all. Everyone had the same interest, passion and it had a very friendly atmosphere as well. This was maybe my first but certainly not the last, and a big thanks to my blogger friend Sian who recommended me the event.
Vintage will always have a place in my heart. I love the uniqueness and history that comes with each single vintage piece. It maybe clothing, accessories or furniture, however small or big an item is- it will always have that special value. Thank you for reading this new experience of mine… who knows, I might bumped into you on this kind of event one of these days ;)
Lots of love,